The countdown to the
Waterloo Road reboot has officially begun, with the show returning to our screens on Jan. 3. Whilst fans and former actors express their excitement, we’re buckling in for nostalgic reruns and are happy to see so many familiar faces. The world now recognises Phoebe Dynevor as Bridgerton’s wildflower Daphne, but eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that the actor was on . Besides starring in Waterloo Road long before she found fame Doctor Who and Emmerdale, Dynevor’s first big TV role was in the school-based soap aged 14, where she starred as Siobhan Mailey between 2009 and 2010.
However, the 27-year-old isn’t the only British actor to spend the early days of their career in
Waterloo Road. In fact, Dynevor isn’t even the only Bridgerton star to do so. The spoon worthy (did I say spoon? I meant swoon…) Duke of Hastings, Regé-Jean Page, also appeared in two episodes of the BBC show as Guy Braxton, a graphics and product design teacher who joined the staff of the comprehensive school after it moved to Greenock, Scotland. So too did Victoria and Doctor Who star, Jenna Coleman.
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Waterloo Road. Phoebe Dynevor Leon Bennett/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Dynevor has taken on a number of roles between her TV debut on
Waterloo Road and playing Miss Bridgerton herself. You might recognise the actress from TV shows such as Prisoners Wives, The Village and Dickensian. Dynevor later played Lottie Mott in the TV adaptation of Snatch alongside fellow Waterloo Road alumni Lucien Laviscount. Regé-Jean Page Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Jenna Coleman Tristan Fewings/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Lucien Laviscount Steven Ferdman/WireImage/Getty Images
Laviscount cut his teeth on the usual stomping grounds of British TV with roles in
Coronation Street and Grange Hill even before he reached Waterloo Road to play student Jonah Kirby. Since, he has had roles in TV shows including Scream Queens, Snatch, and Katy Keene, and more recently, . Emily In Paris Tom Payne Michael Tullberg/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Tom Payne played former pupil Brett Aspinall in the third season of
Waterloo Road from 2007-2008, and has landed a number of high-profile roles since. He landed roles in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and HBO’s Luck following his stint on the school-based drama, but it was landing a role in The Walking Dead that shot him to fame. Payne recently starred as the title character, Malcolm Bright, in Fox’s police procedural drama Prodigal Son. Chris Geere Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Chris Geere took on the role of music and drama teacher Matt Wilding in the BBC drama between 2007-2012, and went on to play Arvin Fennerman in
Modern Family from 2018 until its finale in 2020. Geere also starred alongside Ryan Reynolds and Bill Nighy as Roger Clifford in the 2019 film Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which is a long way from his Waterloo Road roots. Jodie Comer Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
Back in 2010, Comer played a small role in
Waterloo Road’s sixth season as Sarah Evans. And a lot has changed in Comer’s life since her brief appearance. She starred in BBC’s drama Doctor Foster and garnered huge applause for her performance as serial killer Villanelle in thriller series, She also appeared in a series of films such as Killing Eve. Free Guy alongside Ryan Reynolds and the 2021 film, The Last Duel. Jason Done TV Times/TV Times/Getty Images
Whilst Jason Done had starred in a few old school British shows, such as
Merlin and Where The Heart Is, before his role in Waterloo Road, the latter is his most memorable one from the noughties. From 2006 to 2013, he played Tom Clarkson, the English teacher on the beloved show before moving onto an illustrious television career. Since then he starred in Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away, Monsters Inside Me, Time, and most recently in the BBC One drama Four Lives. Adam Thomas Danny Lawson - PA Images/PA Images/Getty Images
Thomas was part of the original cast of
Waterloo Road in 2006 where he played troubled student Donte Charles and guess what? The star is actually returning for the reboot, with some of his own family members too. He’s probably best known for his role as Adam Barton in Emmerdale from 2009 to 2018 but the actor also finished third in the 2016 season of I’m A Celeb…Get Me Out Of Here. Linzey Cocker Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images
Cocker played a villainous role in
Waterloo Road; she was the headmaster’s daughter who was notorious for sleeping with one of her teachers. While the actor was on the show for two seasons, it launched her career into well-known roles to follow. She played Josie in the teen drama , Sam Swan in BBC’s Wild Child White Gold, and also starred as Marie in television series Our Girl.
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 15, 2021